Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the qualification pathway for the Paris 2024 Olympic hockey tournaments, as submitted by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Consequently, the qualification process per gender will be as follows:
- Host Nation: 1 team (on the basis that both teams – Men and Women - have satisfied the FIH criteria of achieving a ranking of 25 or better in the FIH World Rankings since the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which is the case for both French teams)
- Continental Qualifications: 5 teams
The winning team of each of the following continental competitions will qualify:
- African Hockey Road to Paris 2023
- Pan American Games 2023
- Asian Games 2022
- EuroHockey Championship 2023*
- Oceania Cup 2023
*should France also win the EuroHockey Championship 2023, the second placed nation will not subsequently qualify, but the quota place will be allocated to the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualification Tournaments below
- FIH Hockey Olympic Qualification Tournaments: 6 teams
There will be 2 FIH Hockey Olympic Qualification tournaments, consisting of 8 teams each (16 teams in total), held in early 2024. The number of teams from each Continent participating in these tournaments will be based on Continental quotas, which will be determined according to the FIH World Rankings on 31 January 2023. The teams filling each quota, and therefore invited to participate, will be based on performance at the Continental Championships. The top 3 teams in each of these tournaments will qualify.
FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “On behalf of FIH, I’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the IOC for having approved the qualification pathway that we suggested. This will provide for absolutely thrilling matches all over the world, which is wonderful for athletes and fans alike!”
As has been the case since Beijing 2008, 12 teams per gender will play the Paris 2024 Olympic hockey tournaments, with each squad consisting of 16 athletes.